Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The definition of Indie, according to Vice

"I feel like there has been created, in the past two to three years, an indie-yuppie establishment. Bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Iron and Wine, the Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, they are great bands, really great bands, with great albums, great songs, high quality. And to me, it’s just so fucking boring. It’s like fancy-coffee-drinking, Volvo-riding music for kids. And kids should be listening to music that shakes them up more, makes them uncomfortable. … I don’t think we’re ever going to sign an indie rock band. … I want to sign stuff that is more immediate and shakes you up a bit."
So sayeth Adam Shore, general manager of Vice Recordings (y'know, the Atlantic backed record label offshoot of Vice Magazine), speaking to the Columbia Spectator. Funny, because weren't these guys one of Vice's first signings? In fact, according to Trend Central, they signed waaaaay back in May of '03. Oh, and that lil' band Vice also signed called Bloc Party? Hate to break it to you Adam, but despite the art-punk leanings, they're indie too. Don't want to diss the fine folks at Vice (especially the eternally dope Eric Lavoie) but c'mon, who are you trying to fool?

Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan and Stereogum for the heads up on Vice's slightly odd guide to indie rawknroll....

High rotation on the Major Leaguer stereo this week...

Hot Hot Heat - Middle of Nowhere (from Elevator, April 25)
Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds (from With Teeth, May 2)
Autechre - Untilted (Untilted, April 18)
Aimee Mann - That's How I Knew This Story Would Break My Heart (from The Forgotten Arm, May 2)
Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure (from A Certain Trigger, May 16)

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